The Cypre Gas Project is a planned offshore gas development that will be located off the southeast coast of Trinidad. The site is situated within the East Mayaro Block in a water depth of around 80m.

BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT), the operator of the project, decided to proceed with the development of the offshore project in September 2022.

The decision was taken after Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Stuart Young, bp CEO Bernard Looney and bpTT president David Campbell held meetings and agreed to expedite the sanctioning of the project.

According to bpTT, drilling activities are expected to commence in 2023 with gas production slated to begin in 2025.

Project details

The Cypre Offshore Gas Project will be bpTT’s third subsea development.

The project will include seven wells and subsea trees which will be tied back into the existing Juniper Platform of bpTT through two new 14km flexible flowlines.

BP aims to develop it as a minimal normally unmanned installation (NUI) concept. Unmanned facilities eliminate the need of stationing permanent personnel offshore, reduce travel requirements and carbon dioxide emissions.

It is expected that the Cypre gas development will produce 250-300 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) at peak. The production will help meet bpTT existing gas supply commitments.

Cypre will receive power from Juniper, eliminating the need for investing in new power infrastructure. This will also enable bpTT to boost production without increasing operating emissions.

Offshore installation works are expected to start in 2024.

Key Contractors involved

In December 2019, bpTT contracted Aker Solutions to support the development of the Cypre project. The scope of contract works included front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the first platform of potential future assets within bpTT portfolio.

Previously, Aker Solutions’ London team completed related early phase studies.

In November 2022, technology company SLB announced that its OneSubsea business and Subsea Integration Alliance secured a contract to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) services for the subsea production systems and subsea pipelines of Cypre gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

Subsea Integration Alliance is a non-incorporated strategic global alliance between Subsea7 and OneSubsea, which specialises in subsea technologies, production, and processing systems.

The contract award is Subsea Integration Alliance’s first fully integrated EPCI single contract with bp.

As agreed, OneSubsea will be responsible for delivering the subsea production systems that will include seven horizontal subsea tree systems, subsea controls and connection systems, distribution and control systems. It will also be responsible for aftermarket services.

Subsea7 will supply the subsea pipelines for the Cypre project. Apart from topside upgrades, the scope of works will include the delivery of a two-phase liquid natural gas tieback to the Juniper platform through dual flexible flowlines and a manifold gathering system.

Subsea7 categorised the award as ‘substantial’- where the company’s revenue share is between $150m-300m.

BP in Trinidad and Tobago

BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) is a partnership between BP and Repsol. The company is the largest hydrocarbon producer in Trinidad and Tobago.

It has 16 offshore production platforms and two onshore processing facilities in the country. The biggest of them is Cassia C, which began production in November 2022.

At peak, Cassia C will produce around 200-300 million standard cubic feet a day of gas.

The development of Cypre forms an important part of the company’s strategy of maximising production from existing infrastructure without additional operating emissions.

The Cypre project, which will leverage the existing infrastructure at the Juniper Platform, will enable delivering gas to the market in a shorter time compared to normally unmanned installation (NUI) development.

Overall, bpTT operates around 745,000 acres area offshore Trinidad’s east coast.